Spa Business issue 3 2021

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Gloria Caulfield The executive director of Lake Nona wellness community talks to Magali Robathan about tapping into the latest innovations and technology to create healthy environments


n the planned Florida wellness community of Lake Nona, stands what looks like an ordinary – if impressive – clapboard home, surrounded by palm trees and plants. The only clue that something a bit special is going on inside, is a sign inviting people look around. This is WHIT, a prototype Wellness Home built on Innovation and Technology, where entrepreneurs test concepts that could transform the way we live – from a Wellness Kitchen and Sleep Sanctuary bedroom to green walls and View Smart Windows that tint automatically in response to light levels outside to reduce glare and keep the home cool. It uses anti-microbial and mould resistant cork flooring and low VOC paint, has a state of the art Technogym gym and a room for meditation and relaxation, featuring technologies to clear your mind and refocus your brain. “We spend more than 90 per cent of our lives indoors, yet so many of the designs of our homes and the spaces we occupy haven’t been planned with health and wellbeing in mind,” says Gloria Caulfield, executive director of the Lake Nona Institute, speaking to me from her Florida home. “We have to pay attention to these spaces by thinking about how we optimise our health within them. “The idea of WHIT is to create a kind of living lab that focuses on optimising health and wellbeing within the living environment.”


An interactive digital cooktop syncs with the fridge for meal suggestions

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